Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27746
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
The weather now has the suggestion of change about it. We are still having mainly warm sunny days, but we are getting some rain at times now and the mornings have the feeling of “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”.
We had a load of firewood arrive this morning, ready for cosy winter evenings in front of the fire coming up. Looking forward to our Wednesday homework arriving at 11am instead of 1pm when the clocks get rescheduled in a few weeks.
Another fine offering from our consistent quality setter, Jay. Took us a while to get into the top few, but it flowed smoothly after that.
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1a Give a porter tips? Right! (11)
PREROGATIVE : An anagram (tips) of GIVE A PORTER. (An interesting anagram indicator).
10a Red version of Taoism (6)
MAOIST: An anagram (version of) TAOISM.
12a Penny, with help on holiday, is financially settled (4,3)
PAID OFF : Abbreviation for a small coin, a three letter word for help and a word for on holiday or not working.
14a Risks unbounded wrath (5)
ANGER : Take a word that means risks and remove the first and last letters.
15a Edison worried about pitch being legally authenticated (9)
NOTARISED : An anagram (worried) of EDISON has pitch (the black stuff) included in it.
17a Books hotel and runs into workers of the soil (9)
THRILLERS : A description of workers of the soil has H(otel) and R(uns) included.
20a True origin of magic kingdom (5)
REALM : A synonym for true and the first letter of magic.
24a Garland often so properly arranged (7)
FESTOON : Garland is a verb here. An anagram (properly arranged) of OFTEN SO.
25a Study account mainly relating to canines (6)
DENTAL : These canines are not dogs per se. A synonym for study and a word for an account or story lacking its last letter.
27a Order a rib after rise (5,2,4)
STAND AT EASE : The first word is a verb meaning to rise or get to ones feet, then when split 5,1,5, A from the clue and a word meaning rib (or guy as was used in a puzzle last week.)
2d Bitterness enlisted soldier voiced (7)
RANCOUR : This is a homophone of a name for an enlisted soldier.
3d Call dealer to guarantee and protect funds (4-5)
RING-FENCE : A word for a telephone call then a dealer in stolen goods.
4d Pull up to take in a mark giving range (5)
GAMUT : A from the clue and M(ark) are inserted into a reversed word meaning pull.
6d Approves personality offering service (7)
VESPERS : It’s hiding in the first two words of the clue.
8d Going out for example, storing books at home (6)
EBBING : The abbreviation meaning for example has the abbreviation for book (twice) and a word for at home included.
11d Basic principle of a thought underpinning cash reserve (11)
FUNDAMENTAL : A from the clue and a synonym of thought when used as an adjective, are below a word for a cash reserve.
16d Specialist unit‘s tense request on behalf of Church (4,5)
TASK FORCE : Start with T(ense), add request, a three letter word for on behalf of, and the abbreviation for the Anglican Church.
18d Show consideration for particular detail (7)
RESPECT : A double definition.
19d Reduce one in length, possibly (7)
LIGHTEN : An anagram (possibly) of LENGTH includes the Roman One.
20d Steps down, concerned with omens (7)
RESIGNS : The two letter abbreviation for concerned with, then a synonym for omens.
Today our vote goes to the cleverly hidden 6d.
Quickie pun (and it really had us beak scratching) thick + rate + wins = The Kray Twins